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One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and popular trail offers breathtaking vistas, some shaded areas, plus a number of rest stops that have drinking water.
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Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only hiked down to the 1 1/2 mile rest and the hike back was plenty strenuous. There was fresh snow from the night before and I would not have felt comfortable without traction devices. I can say I did it.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kimraem
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely loved and enjoyed every minute of the Bright Angel Trail. The views were outstanding and even though the weather was not kind to us, we still had some great views. The hike itself was quite challenging but also enjoyable. I saw a huge eagle...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ZakShaw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hike is short but steep, down hill going in. Worth it, great views and nice flat paved trail. This is probably the most crowded trail here in the North Rim, so go early or later in the day.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FulltimeRVTraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hard not describe the beauty and experience of hiking into the canyon, truly an amazing experience. Heed all the warnings about the heat and starting early, it will make all the difference. We got started a little later than we wanted, about 8:00 AM and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TheAntiTourist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked to Indian Gardens - 9mi round trip. Incredible way to experience the canyon. You see the layers and watch as the terrain changes. You descend into a green garden - even in Nov which I understand isn't as lush as spring. Take note...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peggy H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great views over the canyon toward the South Rim. Almost 360 degree views as the canyon drops away from both sides of the trail. Very easy trail with great rewards. Go early in the morning for the least crowded hike and serenity.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mike M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked back up the Bright Angel Trail after hiking down to the Colorado via the South Kaibab trail. You need to be physically fit to pull off a rim to river and back hike in a day, but if you are going to, I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank shaunan2018
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Do not underestimate the difficultly of this trail. During our hike someone had to be helicoptered out of the valley. Other people we saw on the trail were clearing miserable and not enjoying themselves at all. But if you plan for it and know your...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank ttiottn1
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

My wife and I hiked to the Colorado River twice in 2017, once in July and once in November. Short time and a late departure allowed a hike to the three mile rest house and back on this trip. We were surprised to find the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Karwendel52
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

This trail is located on the rim trail, near the bus stop and Bright Angel Lodge in the village. This trail is not paved and is very narrow at some points. There aren’t any railings. We walked down the trail for about 15 and then...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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jesse705
We are planning a trip with two kids, ages 12 and 10, and wanted to hike the first 1.5 miles and back on the Bright Angel Trail. We will be driving up from Williams that morning and are a bit concerned about the heat, so wanted to hit the trail first thing as we arrive. Since we have never been, I also want to make sure our kids get a beautiful lay of the land and see the grandness of the canyon before we do a little hiking. If we choose to drive straight to parking lot D and begin our hike right away, will we still be able to see the beautiful views of the whole canyon before we descend? Or would we be better off driving first to the visitors center to get in the views and then continuing on to the trailhead? Keeping in mind that we won’t be able to arrive until a bit later in the morning...
23 September 2018|
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Response from andreaslX281CW | Reviewed this property |
I don't see any problems for your kids for the 1.5 miles from trail head on. when starting at 07:00h...08:00h for 1 hour down, rest and back to top you may reach around11:00h.We made several similar hikes in dessert areas... More
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Response from comocove | Reviewed this property |
I hope the crowds are kinder to you this time. We were there at the begining of June, and had no trouble at all with dining. The Harvey house was easy, and tasty. Very reasonable priced. If you were on your way up the... More
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NancyK0315
3 July 2018|
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Response from Abio7 |
Going to be brutally honest here; trying not to be rude. Based on the questions you are asking you should absolutely not attempt this hike. 1) You have selected the two most popular trails in GCNP. There are always people... More
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